Knights Perform Well At Invitational
Despite a little bad luck and minus a top sprinter, the Tyler Consolidated Boys Track team was impressive, finishing fourth among the 11-team field March 29 at the Knights’ home track. The Knights would likely have ended in second place, but their top-ranked 100-meter hurdler Nathan Barker was called for jumping the gun and was disqualified, no doubt costing the Knights points. Senior first-time sprinter Griffin Phillips opted to play in an All-Star basketball game and missed the meet, which also hurt in the sprint relays.
Regardless, several others stepped up big to keep the Knights in contention. Mark Rucker came in first in the 100-meter dash with an 11.23 time to edge out top-seeded Nathan Swaniger of Clay-Battelle who had an 11.24. The win by Rucker gave the Silver Knights 10 points. Destry Nelson ran a good 400-meter race, ending in fifth place for two points with a 55.69.
Spencer Corley, the Knights’ sophomore sensation, stayed undefeated in the high jump. Corley got over the bar on his second try at 5’10” while runner-up Logan Bailey of Buchanan Upshur failed to clear the bar and came in second with a 5’8″ jump. Corley added 10 more points for the Knights. He also grabbed second place in the 1600-meter run for eight more points, just a second behind the winner from Weirton Madonna.
Junior Zack Placer stepped up big in the hurdles, claiming third in the 110 highs with a 17.00, after running a 16.94 in the preliminaries. He then grabbed third in the 300-meter lows with a time of 44.24. With the two events he added 12 total points for the Silver Knights. Junior teammate Elijiah Day got fourth place in the 300-meter lows with a 46.79 to give the Knights four more points.
The Silver Knights’ 4×100 meter relay team of Placer, Justin Bowman, Nick Gorby and Rucker added four more points with a fourth-place finish in 48.34. The 4×200 meter team of Gorby, Bowman, Barker and Issac Rush got four points for the Silver Knights with a time of 143.20.
Tyler tacked on six additional points in the 4×400 with a third-place finish from Nelson, Austin Timmons, Rush and Corley. The team finished in a time of 3:48.35, right behind Buckhannon Upshur. The 4×800 relay team of Nelson, Corley, freshman Haygen Baker and Timmons also added six points with a 9:08.05 third place finish.
With seniors Barker and Placer running the first and last leg, the Silver Knights shuttle hurdle team cruised to a first-place victory over second place Williamstown with a 1:04.33, good for 10 points. Junior Jacob Sharp got four more points for Tyler as he finished fourth in the shot put with a heave of 39-09.50.
Paden City picked up six-and-one-half points on the night with the 4×200 relay team of senior Alex McCoy, freshman Parker Higgins, freshman Shane Anderson and freshman Tobin McEldowney, grabbing sixth for a point. The Wildcats’ 4×800 meter relay team also finished sixth, adding a point with a time of 11:25.88. The team is comprised of junior Kyler Wade, sophomore Issac Neff, junior Nick Clark, and freshman Brandon Hizer. The ‘Cats tacked on two points in the shuttle hurdles with a fifth-place finish of 1:16.15. McCoy, Higgins, freshman Jasup Spragg and Wade made up the team. Shane Anderson finished the high jump at 5-02.00, good for a point and a half. Rounding out the Wildcats’ scoring was junior Jason Anderson, who got sixth in the shot put with a toss of 38-04.00.
Paden City Girls Track came in seventh with 27. The Wildcats’ junior sprinter Abbe Stackpole finished first in the 100-meter dash for the second meet in a row as she edged out Williamstown’s top sprinter, 13.17 to 13.22.
Stackpole gave the Wildcats 10 points with the win. She came in second to Williamstown in the 200 with a time of 27.29, good for eight points. Williamstown had three sprinters ahead of Stackpole in the preliminaries, but she turned on the burners in the finals to get edged at the finish line. Freshman Hallie McDonald got fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.21 to add four points for the Wildcats. Rachel Hashman got the Silver Knights a point, finishing sixth with a 19.23 time. In the long jump Paden City had three girls place in an 18-place tie for first. Each girl was awarded 1.72 points. For the Wildcats, freshman Tandorra Wood, freshman McDonald, and freshman Brandis Dalrymple all leaped 10-00.00.
Tyler Consolidated Girls came in sixth in the meet with 34 total points. The Silver Knights’ 4×100 meter relay team of senior Emily Lancaster, freshman Caleigh Phillips, freshman Landry Buchanan, and freshman Jocelyn Foltz came in fourth place with a time of 57.22 to give the Knights four points. The Knights picked up six more points with a third-place finish in the 4×200 meter relay team of junior Hali Westcott, freshman Victoria Yost, senior Katie Pratt and freshman Phillips, with a time of 2:03.77. They also got fifth in the 4×400 relay with Yost, sophomore Eden Turner, freshman Kate Gorrell, and junior Sarah Hashman, with a time of 5:06.52 – good for two points. The Silver Knights’ shuttle hurdle team of Haught, Buchanan, R. Hashman, and Lancaster gave Tyler four points with a fourth-place finish in a time of 1:23.30. The Lady Knights had two girls score in the high jump with Pratt getting fourth and Abi Thompson, a sophomore, getting fifth. Both girls cleared the bar at 4-06.04. They added six total points for the Knights. Rachel Hashman got the Knights a point with a sixth-place 19.23 time in the 100-meter hurdles. Lancaster added four more to the Knights’ scoring with a fourth-place pole vault of 7-06.00. Rounding out the scoring for Tyler was sophomore Katelyn Stillwagoner, with a toss of 24-10.00 for two points, and senior Abby Kemp, with a 24-06.00 for one point.